Archive for: August, 2017

Is it Safe to Drive with a Blown Head Gasket?

The quick answer? No! A blown head gasket is a major problem for any engine, and one that costs quite a bit to fix mechanically. The head gasket is responsible for creating a seal between your engine block (the lower portion that houses the cylinders) and the head (the upper portion that contains the valves). Your head gasket also acts to channel engine coolant to keep your engine cool during operation. A blown or cracked head gasket can cause one of two problems:

It can allow coolant to escape from your engine. The result is a loss in coolant, which can lead to overheating of your engine if you drive it for any length of time.…

Posted in: Gaskets

Why is my Car Leaking Oil When the Engine is Cold?

It’s easy to assume that engine oil leaks will be more prevalent when the engine is running. When an engine is running, oil pressure increases, which makes it more likely that engine oil will leak. Quite often, however, we can see engine oil leaks that occur when a vehicle is parked and the engine is cold. Here’s why.

When your engine is hot, the block, head and other metallic components expand. This expansion can force components closer, squeeze gaskets and seals tighter and create a seal that effectively prevents oil from leaking. When you turn off your engine and it starts to cool down, the metals contract, which can open gaps between seals and mating components. The…

Posted in: Engine, Oil